Monday, September 26, 2016

BOT Student Representative Election Results

25 September 2016

St Kevin’s College
Board of Trustees Election
Declaration of Student Election Results

Belen Mino Zubiri 10
Holly Malcolm 22
Harriet Hanning 28
Fergus Watt 13
Iva Jame Nelson 8
Invalid Votes 5

I hereby declare duly elected: Harriet Hanning


Sue McErlane
Returning Officer

Friday, September 23, 2016

Principal's Commen

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Welcome to the final blog for the term. The many posts during the term highlight “Excellence” in all its forms, woven through the fabric of College life. After a very successful visit from the Education Review Office (ERO), I thought it would be timely to share our vision for excellence and how it is strongly linked with equity in an Edmund Rice and Dominican College.

In the media, we often hear about “shallow excellence” - people celebrating easy achievements gained from the talents they already have. Our challenge and aim as a College is to celebrate “authentic excellence” which has come from hard graft, personal best and high expectations.

In education, personal excellence is fostered when you create a learning environment that is fair and just (equitable) for all students to achieve their best. Equity recognises that life is an uneven playing field and that we should aim to provide more support to those in need. The result is captured in our College Touchstone - “Liberating Education”.

One of the challenges we face is that programs and strategies that may be considered fair, are not necessarily seen as equal. As a Catholic school with a strong sense of social justice, we risk criticism that “I am not getting my share of the resources”. This mixes equality with equity - clearly they are not the same.

St Kevin’s College staff are committed to giving students the extra helping hand they need to display personal excellence. This is the advantage an education based on Gospel Values offers and I am pleased to report that it has been highlighted in our ERO review as an area of strength.

As we depart for the holidays, I would like to thank the staff for their hard work this term and wish everyone safe travels and a restful break.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thinking Outside The Square

There was a bit of creative thinking in maths class while looking into the subject of measurments .As a result of Jesse's maths investigation he found out the area of room 5 was 78 square meters. As you can see he also found out it took 10 students to fill 1 square meter. So .... we can fit 780 students into room 5, or easily the whole school!

In the Science Dept, 9T got stuck in planting produce as part of their Te Whenua unit, focusing on botany and horticulture.

Taekwondo Take That

Destiny Jabagat's voice took out the Junior Girls' Solo at the Singing Festival, but she has another talent too.... Taekwondo! At the TUNZ (Taekwondo Union New Zealand) National Championships, held recently in Christchurch, Destiny brought home not one, but two Gold medals. One for Team Poomsae (Team Pattern) Division: Grade 5 - 3, Age up to 14yrs. The other for Sparring, Division: Grade 5 - 3, Age 12-14yrs, 41.1-44kg.  Well done!

Futsal Fun

With Senior students on exams our Year 9 and 10s have been sharing in some lunchtime fun with an Inter-House Futsal competition.  For those asking "what is Futsal?", its an indoor version of football and a great hit with Junior students,  Well done to Whyte House who took out the Junior Futsal title!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mountaing Biking Aoraki Style

Four of our Year 9 students (Tim Jorgenson, Joel Kunnethedan, Josh Bryant and Angus Reid) represented the College in the Aoraki Secondary School Mountain Biking Race in Timaru last weekend. Timothy Jorgenson and Joel Kunnethedan were leading our SKC team and got into the top seven despite having to compete in a higher age group. Thanks to Neil Jorgenson for taking them to Timaru.

Proud At Polyfest

Last Thursday our Pasifika Group travelled to Dunedin to take part in Polyfest 2016 and the College was proudly represented on the Edgar Centre stage as their hours of practice came to fruition. Students and staff were given a preview of their vibrant performance during last week's assembly and they included a bit of audience participation for the occasion!  Thank you to Pearsons Buses for helping with the transport on Thursday and also to Mrs Plunkett and Mrs Dooley for their hours of dedication to these students.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Celebration Of Sport Awards 2016

Sporting excellence was spotlighted with the 2016 Celebration of Sport Awards Evening and we were delighted to have so many friends and families join us for the occasion. Guest speaker, NZ Cricketer Craig Cumming spoke to the audience about following your dreams and ambitions, about backing yourself and conquering fears. He also presented our Premier Awards to our winners:
Junior Sportsman (Boyle Cup) – Ben Cullimore
Junior Sportswoman (Camellia Cup) – Brylee More
Senior Sportsman (Donovan Cup) – Levi Emery
Senior Sportswoman (Margaret Breen Cup) – Amber Cunningham
Outstanding Student Contribution – Riley Chandler
Outstanding Sportsman (Carrickmore Cup) – Matt Brien
Outstanding Sportswoman (Kearney Family Cup) – Amber Cunningham

Mr Olsen was pleased to be able to award Sporting Blues to the following students – Levi Emery, Adam SewHoy, Simon Lilicama, Ben McCarthy (Boys 100m Relay Team) – Athletics, Simon Lilicama and Levi Emery – Rugby, Matt Brien and Alex Gonzales – Basketball, Amber Cunningham – Cricket, Brylee More – Touch, Penny Keeling and Jaxson MacDonald-Piner – Swimming, Jessica Fraser – Trapshooting.

A huge THANK YOU to Josh Cunningham for these great shots of the night

Senior Exams Under Way

Senior exams continue today!  Remember to come well prepared and check your schedules to ensure you arrive in plenty of time.  

Friday, September 16, 2016

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

With senior examinations commencing next week, staff have been focused on preparing seniors for the trial NCEA externals. Caregivers should note the importance of the examinations as they are the only opportunity for students to demonstrate they can pass a standard in a formal setting should they be sick when the final examinations are held. Students cannot apply for a derived grade without this evidence. Each year a number of students run into unexpected issues at examination time and need to call on these results to support their case. As a College we want them to be supported to do their best.
It was a pleasure to acknowledge our Peer Tutors this week
Planning for the 2017 year is well under way. Mr Ryan has a draft calendar organised and we are surveying students to see what subjects they wish to take. The option forms they are filling out give us key information about student needs, so that we can ensure we have employed the staff needed to deliver courses. The Year 11, 12 and 13 options lines are draft and should be used to generate conversations about courses and student aspirations. If you cannot see how to arrange the subjects you feel are needed, make an appointment to talk things through with a Dean, the Student Advocate or Mr Ryan.

Further to course planning, the local secondary principals held a meeting with Ara, our local Polytechnic this week. They confirmed that in 2017 Level 2 Hospitality, Agricultural Engineering and Construction courses would be offered here in Oamaru. This is excellent news at it reduces the need for students to travel to Timaru for these courses.

This evening we are holding our annual Celebration of Sport in the Auditorium at 7pm. I am looking forward to meeting students, caregivers, coaches and supporters at the presentations which are followed by supper in the Library.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal

Signing For SADD

Today in the admin quad the SADD team from WBHS arranged a visual and inspiring message for students and encouraged them to write their names as a sign of their committment to safe and responsible driving.   

Social Studies Whiz Kids

SKC's Years 9 and 10 Social Studies quiz team entrants at Timaru Boys' High School on Tuesday evening. There were more than 50 teams competing to be the Central South Island champions and while our students did not finish on the podium, they were very competitive and enjoyed the competition. Well done team!